Dear Father O’Brien,
In the name of the Diocese of San José, I greet you and welcome you to Santa Clara University! The Diocese of San José is young. Erected only 38 years ago, the diocese is co-expansive with Santa Clara County. It is compact geographically, dense in population, and it continues to grow. As you are aware, the diocese is home to Silicon Valley, a conglomerate of worldwide leaders in technology and communication. This presence offers tremendous opportunity. While using and benefitting from the advances in technology and communication, the Church also raises a voice on behalf of humanity, of the common good of society, of the dignity of the human person, with special concern for the least among us.
Of particular and growing concern in the Bay Area is the housing crisis, with its many and complex components. The growing number of homeless among us not only breaks our hearts, but is scandalous in one of the wealthiest parts of the world! We must use the power of innovation to resolve this problem, which strikes at the heart of human dignity.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Jesus is always relevant to humanity: He brings purpose and fulfillment to our lives. May your work, Fr. O’Brien, and the work of Santa Clara University continue to lift up Christ and his Gospel of hope and joy as a beacon of dignity and progress for humanity.
I look forward to working with you in the coming months and years, that we might give witness to Christ in the ministry entrusted to us.
Bishop of San José
Benediction for Father Kevin O’Brien’s
Loving and merciful God, we bless you and thank you for your gracious presence and care for your people. In your providence, you have blessed the local Church with the presence and ministry of the Society of Jesus, as they have provided pastoral care and educational ministry at Santa Clara University, not only for the people of this valley, but for the national and international community.
Today, we come before you with grateful hearts for the person and ministry of Fr. Kevin O’Brien, a member of the Society of Jesus, and we humbly implore your blessings upon him as he embarks on his role as President of Santa Clara University.
May his ministry be guided by the wisdom and strength of the Holy Spirit, bear the fruit of justice and peace, and always uphold the dignity of every human person. May the University continue to prepare women and men of hope-filled, generous hearts, and instill in them to joy and fulfillment of placing their gifts at the service of humanity.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Christ, who is Lord for ever and ever.